Complementary Therapy Services
Herriot Hospice Homecare has always placed great emphasis on an holistic and specialised approach to supporting patients and carers. This holistic approach to care includes offering a range of complementary therapies - free of charge and provided in your own home. The services are provided on a referral basis. If you wish to take up any of our therapies, please contact your Macmillan Nurse, specialist nurse, district nurse or social care professional - they can advise you further.
Complementary Therapies are natural, gentle treatments which aim to restore balance - emotionally and physically.
Many patients find that complementary therapies can help ease feelings of anxiety and reduce symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation and insomnia. It also aids relaxation.
Generally the treatments can be used alongside conventional medicine but having the referral from your Specialist Nurse or Social Professional ensures they are involved.
The following services are currently available:
Aromatherapy - uses massage with essential oils, to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of the patient or carer. A short consultation will help assess your wellbeing and determine an appropriate blend of oils to suit your needs. It is not always necessary to remove a lot of clothing to have a massage and, if a full body massage is not appropriate, sometimes a hand or foot massage can be sufficient. The massage can be done in a reclining chair, easy chair, the therapists massage couch or on your own bed.
Reflexology - is a treatment given to the hands or feet. It involves gentle massage techniques based on the understanding that the hands or feet reflect the systems and organs of the body. The aim is to help the body relax, which can then ease symptoms such as headaches, constipation, circulatory problems. As with aromatherapy a short consultation will take place at the first visit.
Acupuncture - Is used both for specific symptoms, as well as, for improving the overall well-being of the patient. Acupuncture involves the use of very fine, sterile needles, which are inserted at various points on the body. Most people say they feel a mild ache or tingling sensation once the needles are in place. Auricular acupuncture is an treatment which features using small disposable needles at specific points in the ears, it can be very effective at reducing the frequency and intensity of hot flushes, a side effect associated with some cancer treatments. The first visit- A short consultation will take place so you can discuss your current needs with your acupuncturist. It is advised that you try to have had something to eat, before your appointment.
Nail Technician & Hairdresser - We offer these services to enhance patients feeling of wellbeing. Providing them in the patient's own homes where you can relax and enjoy this service.
Chiropody - Herriot Hospice Homecare appreciates that foot care is essential to a patients comfort and we are able to provide this service to you in your own home.
Please note that carers as well as patients can also access the aromatherapy, reflexology and acupuncture services.